Last Saturday, April 1st, was the Spring Plant Sale for the Howdy Farm and the Horticulture Club. The sale officially starts at 9 AM, but people were starting to show up and mill around the farm by 8:15 AM, just to give you an idea of how crazy the rush is at the start.
I worked the produce tables selling green butterhead and red butterhead lettuce, napa cabbage, curly leaf kale, turnips, golden beets, regular head cabbage, sugar snap peas, and snow peas. It was a real scramble getting everyone through the line, running around getting change for cash, and making sure people knew where to check out. But I thoroughly enjoyed it! Which is a pleasant surprise for me, as I didn’t think I’d be able to work very well in a market setting.
Until now, I had not been to a Howdy Farm market before. We haven’t had many Saturday markets so far, but I will be making them a priority from now on for sure. I know they probably aren’t this crazy, but I really enjoyed connecting with people that are at least interested, if not excited, about local farm grown food as I am. There is something about food beyond Horticulture for me. A connectedness that can be gained over a dinner table, and the steps getting to the dinner table, that’s different than any other. That is amplified, I believe, when we are intentional concerning what we eat and how we eat. Horticulture gives me the tools to become intentional with food, help others become intentional with their food, and to do all of this well. Because anything worth doing is worth doing well.
I’ve always had trouble talking to people, and I still wouldn’t consider myself a people person. But if I can find common ground that’s more stable than the weather or being in the same college class, then I find it much easier to close the gap. It’s a real struggle for me, and something I need to work at, but I am so grateful for my time so far at the Howdy Farm helping me find another way to connect to people.